The 36th America’s Cup in 2021 will give booming foiling an additional boost in sailing. Predicting this does not require prophetic skills. After all, it was the 34th edition that, with its 72-foot flying catamarans, helped this still young sailing discipline to a broader public and increased acceptance. The 50 feet of the 35th edition then showed how manageable aircraft that have taken off can be.
Nevertheless, it was a question of multihulls - which means that the vast majority of the core target group, the "normal" sailors worldwide, was emotionally disconnected. Foiling with monohulls seemed next to impossible.
This is exactly the field that the New Zealand Cup winners now want to conquer. They are breaking new ground with their concept study of a flying 75-foot monohull. Foiling remains a key feature of the world's most important sailing event - others don't want to be left behind either.
A design competition was initiated for the next Volvo Ocean Race. We are looking for sports equipment for in-port races. The requirements: It has to fly, be quick to dismantle and stowable in a 40-foot container in order to be transported to the stops around the world.